10 robberies occur every month inside the unregistered cabs
Gurugram: Commuters beware if the lack of effective public transportation has caused you to take the cab, then you are at risk. The official data by Gurugram police reveals that this year on an average of 10 robberies has occurred in the cab. In a worrying trend, the cases have increased in the past three months.
The official data by Gurugram police reveals that till the end of November, there have been 130 cases of theft that have taken place in the city.
The police are trying to find out whether there is any gang which is involved in carrying out these criminal acts.
In just 21 days in the month of November, there have been five robberies that have taken place just in the single stretch of Sohna road.
Even as there is a strict law against the movement of the illegal vehicle in the city, lack of effective public transportation system has resulted in most of the commuters being dependent on these modes of transportation.
Further, many of these modes of public transportation provide a much reasonable rate to commute as compared to other means of transportation. A large number of these vehicles can be seen moving in areas along National Highway-8, Manesar, Gurugram- Faridabad road, Golf course road and MG road and Sohna road.
While the autos are still the most popular form of public transport for movement of commuters within the city, the cabs are preferred for commuting to Faridabad, Noida and Delhi.
Last year more than twenty thousand autos went off the city roads after a massive crackdown on the Gurugram Police on the autos operating without legal permits. Later after negotiations, the services resumed.
The Gurugram Police also claims that strict action is also being taken on the illegal cabs. If they get caught, these vehicles have to pay a fine Rs. 2000 as per law, however, there are reports of most of the drivers also getting away by paying a bribe of Rs. 100-300 to the police official.
Most of the cabs provide transportation services in city MNC's, BPO's and even individual owners.
The need to earn a quick buck from the commuters has resulted in most of the drivers allowing the vehicles to also provide cab services to commuters. On their part, most of the drivers claim that they are being harassed by the police and public officials.
Lack of providing correct information, usage of black tinted glasses and usage of wrong number plates are some of the major complaints that mainly registered against these vehicles.